The La Lay International Border Gate bridges Quang Tri and Laos’s southern province of Salavan (Photo: dostquangtri.gov.vn)

Quang Tri (VNA) – The central province of Quang Tri has made necessary preparations to develop the La Lay International Border Gate into a model port of entry with modern facilities, bringing a new momentum for local progress.

The objectives are set in a Prime Minister-approved plan on infrastructure construction and amendments to the border gate area’s planning documents, which was publicised on November 13.

Vice Chairman of the Quang Tri People’s Committee Nguyen Huu Dung said that in order to realise the set targets, the province has prepared for important infrastructure-building projects such as building key roads, upgrading the expanded section of National Road 15D, and maintaining La Lay’s facilities.

Total investment needed to develop the border gate by 2020 is nearly 2.4 trillion VND (106.6 million USD), 50 percent of which will be sourced from the State budget.

The La Lay International Border Gate, which bridges Quang Tri and Laos’s southern province of Salavan, is a crucial link on the East-West Economic Corridor traversing Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.

It is also instrumental to fostering cross-border economic and trade activities between Vietnam and Laos, and ensuring defence and security at the border.-VNA